Fifty-plus years after saxophonist Stan Getz and singer/guitarist Astrud Gilberto captured composer Antonio Carlos Jobim and served up bossa nova for popular consumption, musicians continue to eagerly return to Brazilian classics. Logically, the integration of attractive bossa textures with the Great American Songbook has been another phenomenon. Thus, the bossa nova resource has been incredibly robust and long-lived.With Sonho, her debut CD, Washington, DC-based vocalist Emy Tseng shrewdly embraces and expands the genre by selecting gorgeous material from Brazilian composers not commonly recognized or performed. And, when framed by an intelligent, artistically motivated team of players, the result ...read more
Washington, DC-based vocalist Emy Tseng always had music in her life, but it took awhile for her to settle into the role of Brazilian-based seductress" or jazz singer." She started on the piano at age four, branched out into singing in high school and continued to explore the vocal arts while knee-deep in academia at Brown University, studying math and physics, and MIT, where she attended graduate school. All the while, Tseng kept on singing, but her focus was on art song and classical techniques. When she moved to New York, the jazz bug finally bit her but good, and ...read more
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